MLB Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Jon Lester, Matt Kemp and More

With just days to go until the July 31 trade deadline, the MLB rumors are rampant as teams fight to position themselves as championship contenders or sell off assets and play for next year.  There are quite a few rumblings concerning big names on big-market franchises, and a potential blockbuster always adds a jolt to the excitement around the 100-game mark of the season. Let's take a look at some of the potential moves that could go down before the playoff push.   Jon Lester Garnering Interest The Boston Red Sox look like cellar sellers with a 47-56 record that has them firmly entrenched in last place in the AL East. According to ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes, the team could have a potential trade partner for starting pitcher Jon Lester: One major-league source said the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Rays ace David Price, have had discussions with the Sox regarding ...


Rockies Have Typo on Gameday Promotion for Troy Tulowitzki

The Colorado Rockies had good intentions with their gameday promotion for Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the execution didn't go as planned.Update: Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:15 p.m. ETThe Rockies have apologized for the misspelled jerseys, offering to exchange the jersey for one spelled correctly and a free ticket to a future game.---End of update---The first 15,000 fans were to be given free Troy Tulowitzki shirts. Unfortunately, there was a typo in the All-Star shortstop's name, with the manufacturers accidentally spelling it "Tulowizki."[Twitter]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


Jake Peavy Trade Could Be Giants’ Latest Reclamation Success Story

The San Francisco Giants have this special trick that they like to perform on seemingly over-the-hill veterans that involves turning them into, well, not over-the-hill veterans. And now Jake Peavy could be next. If you're just joining us, the Giants acquired the veteran right-hander from the Boston Red Sox early Saturday in return for left-handed prospect Edwin Escobar and right-handed prospect Heath Hembree, per MLB.com's Chris Haft. Peavy is already slated to start for the Giants on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Be it Peavy or whoever, the Giants definitely needed to make a trade for a starting pitcher. Their rotation has been shaky outside of Tim Hudson and Madison Bumgarner all season, and the club recently put Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with a cranky right elbow that may take some time to stop being cranky. As for what the Giants are getting, let's go ahead and say it: ...


Where Does the 2014 Hall of Fame Class Rank Among MLB’s Best Ever?

After 2013 saw the BBWAA elect no one to the MLB Hall of Fame for the first time since 1996 and just the third time since 1960, three players earned the nod this year. A pair of 300-game winners in Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and one of the most feared sluggers of all time in Frank Thomas earned enshrinement in their first year on the ballot. They will be joined by a trio of managers in Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre, who all rank in the top five all-time in wins. There is no question this year's group of Hall of Fame inductees is great, but where does it stack up among the greatest classes of all time? Let's take a look.Begin Slideshow


Hall of Famers Take Us Inside Yankees-Braves Battle for 1990s Dynasty Status

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The hills are alive with the sounds of Atlanta Braves fans Tomahawk chopping, Greg Maddux wisecracking, Tom Glavine analyzing and Bobby Cox and Joe Torre managing. Family, friends and memories, on this summer’s day, are the focus, instead of benches, bullpens and owners. “I can’t envision these guys growing up yet,” Cox was saying Saturday afternoon of Maddux and Glavine. “I just can’t. I still envision them as players.” Hall of Fame Induction weekend always is one-part alumni gathering, one-part homecoming and one-part time capsule. Especially on this bursting-at-the-seams weekend, as the largest living election class since 1971—Tony La Russa and Frank Thomas are here, too—stands on deck for enshrinement. And, especially with the Braves outflanking the New York Yankees around the Village and on the stage Sunday, just as they did so memorably in the first two games of a 1996 World Series that changed a decade, launched the ...


MLB Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Jonathan Papelbon, Bartolo Colon and More

Once you hit the final stretch before Major League Baseball's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, all of those rumors that have been bantered about for weeks start coming into focus. Not all of them will happen, but it's much clearer who is and isn't available.  Unfortunately, as we have seen in recent years, the most exciting moves usually just end up being for middle relievers because teams are so reluctant to deal anything that might have future value for the chance to win now.  There are also financial ramifications that have to be taken into consideration, which is why one thing you will hear a lot this time of year is teams kicking in money to make a deal happen. Not all clubs are willing to do that, which can be the difference between making a move and standing pat.  Here are some of the deals being discussed that involve teams trading a ...


Cold Hard Fact for Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fact: Yasiel Puig became the first player since 1901 to hit three triples in one game after doing so against the San Francisco Giants. Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light.   Source: CBSLA.comRead more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


MLB Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Kurt Suzuki, Ryan Howard and More

Divisional and wild-card races across baseball are extremely tight with the trade deadline approaching, so it comes as no surprise that there has been plenty of wheeling and dealing already. Even with several top chips falling thus far, many more players could potentially be on the move prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline. There aren't a ton of teams truly out of contention, which means that much of the league consists of buyers. Some teams have refrained from making deals thus far, but the pressure will mount as the deadline draws closer. With that in mind, here are the latest rumors regarding some of the hottest names currently on the trade market.   Kurt Suzuki One of the most pleasant surprises in baseball this season has been the play of Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki. With Joe Mauer moving over to first base, Suzuki was faced with the unenviable task of replacing him. To ...


Jake Peavy to Giants: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

A year ago, Jake Peavy was shipped to the Boston Red Sox and subsequently helped his new team win the World Series. The San Francisco Giants will be hoping he can make a similar impact in 2014. The team confirmed the news on Saturday: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal notes Peavy's feelings on Bruce Bochy: Alex Pavlocic of the San Jose Mercury News reveals why the Giants made the move now: San Francisco traded for the 33-year-old right-hander Saturday, shipping minor league pitchers to Boston in return. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports first reported the news:  ESPN's Buster Olney reported what the Red Sox would be getting in return: Olney also broke down how Peavy's salary would be split: Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News notes that the deal makes a lot of sense: CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly reports that Peavy will start for the Giants almost immediately: The Giants acquired Peavy with the intent to start him Sunday against the Dodgers at ...


Baseball Hall of Fame Announces Changes to Balloting Process

One of the hottest topics of debate in sports for the last few years, basically since players from the steroid era became eligible, has been the Baseball Hall of Fame. The process has come under fire recently, so the board of directors announced changes to the system.  According to a press release from BaseballHall.org, the changes will include reducing the length of time a player can remain on the ballot from 15 years to 10 years, requiring eligible voters to complete a registration form and sign a code of conduct. Ballots will also be made public for the first time. The changes, effective immediately and to be reflected in 2015 Hall of Fame voting, are the first made by the Hall of Fame to the voting process since 1991 and just the second time the Baseball Hall of Fame has amended the rules for election since 1985. Chairman of the board of the ...


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